Cujo question - "red razberry zingers"

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cjgiaimo

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Hi everyone,

I'm a reporter for Atlas Obscura. I'm working on a story with a Stephen King connection and I figured you guys may be able to help me out! The story is about a 1972 incident in which a red dye in a General Mills cereal, Franken Berry, caused children to poop pink, sending their parents into a tizzy (and often to the ER). I had heard that the part in Cujo where a weird batch of Red Razberry Zingers makes the kids throw up red was inspired by this very incident (and revisiting it, Franken Berry is actually namechecked during that part of the book!). I was wondering if any of you had any more info on this, or could point to an interview or something where he may have confirmed it. Feel free to reply to this post .

Thanks a lot!
Cara
 
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GNTLGNT

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Hi everyone,

I'm a reporter for Atlas Obscura. I'm working on a story with a Stephen King connection and I figured you guys may be able to help me out! The story is about a 1972 incident in which a red dye in a General Mills cereal, Franken Berry, caused children to poop pink, sending their parents into a tizzy (and often to the ER). I had heard that the part in Cujo where a weird batch of Red Razberry Zingers makes the kids throw up red was inspired by this very incident (and revisiting it, Franken Berry is actually namechecked during that part of the book!). I was wondering if any of you had any more info on this, or could point to an interview or something where he may have confirmed it. Feel free to reply to this post .

Thanks a lot!
Cara
.....since he hardly remembers writing the novel, chances aren't good that he'll remember the inspiration for that particular bit.....
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm a reporter for Atlas Obscura. I'm working on a story with a Stephen King connection and I figured you guys may be able to help me out! The story is about a 1972 incident in which a red dye in a General Mills cereal, Franken Berry, caused children to poop pink, sending their parents into a tizzy (and often to the ER). I had heard that the part in Cujo where a weird batch of Red Razberry Zingers makes the kids throw up red was inspired by this very incident (and revisiting it, Franken Berry is actually namechecked during that part of the book!). I was wondering if any of you had any more info on this, or could point to an interview or something where he may have confirmed it. Feel free to reply to this post .

Thanks a lot!
Cara
Not sure about cereal but eating too many beets could turn your poop red

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GNTLGNT

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Not sure about cereal but eating too many beets could turn your poop red

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....and then everybody freaks cuz they think they're going to bleed out-when it's actually black/tarry stools you should be concerned over....this has been "Nurse's Note"....now back to your regularly scheduled program....
 

Neesy

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....and then everybody freaks cuz they think they're going to bleed out-when it's actually black/tarry stools you should be concerned over....this has been "Nurse's Note"....now back to your regularly scheduled program....
Thanks for that 'tit-bit'

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Bev Vincent

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Hi everyone,

I'm a reporter for Atlas Obscura. I'm working on a story with a Stephen King connection and I figured you guys may be able to help me out! The story is about a 1972 incident in which a red dye in a General Mills cereal, Franken Berry, caused children to poop pink, sending their parents into a tizzy (and often to the ER). I had heard that the part in Cujo where a weird batch of Red Razberry Zingers makes the kids throw up red was inspired by this very incident (and revisiting it, Franken Berry is actually namechecked during that part of the book!). I was wondering if any of you had any more info on this, or could point to an interview or something where he may have confirmed it. Feel free to reply to this post .

Thanks a lot!
Cara

While it's generally believed that the 1972 incident was an inspiration for that part of the novel, I've never heard him say so explicitly in an interview.
 

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The chocolate and vanilla ones are where it's at, the raspberry kind are basically just Sno Balls. The icing on the vanilla ones look like a rubber strip you'd put in beneath a screen door but tastes so good.

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Those are the ones I liked best. Though my go-to for that type of snack is a Ding-Dong (no smart remarks) :p